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Lot 21 (The London Sale, 11th December 2019)


a late 18th century engraving, thanking them for his election as alderman of Billingsgate ward, followed by a letter during imprisonment in the Tower of London, engraved by F Aliamet, dated April 1771
38 x 24cm, framed and glazed

Richard Oliver was a British politician and statesman of the 18th century. At an early age, he was sent to London to work for his uncle, Richard Oliver, a West India merchant. He took up his freedom in the Drapers' Company on 29 June 1770 and was later elected alderman of Billingsgate ward. In March 1771, he became engaged in the famous struggle between the city and the House of Commons and was committed to the Tower by order of the speaker on the 26th of that month. After written pleas to state officials and the City Council and application for representation, the end came at the close of the parliamentary session on 8 May when he was released from the Tower. Oliver resigned his gown at the Court of Aldermen held at the Guildhall on 25 November 1778 and shortly afterwards sailed to Antigua in order to look after his West Indian estates. He died on board the Sandwich packet while returning to England on 16 April 1784.

£100 - £150

Buyer's premium: 27.60% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)


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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: The London Sale, 11th December 2019


All viewing to take place in our London gallery at 15 Cecil Court, WC2N 4EZ.
The auction will be held at the Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms.

Mon 25 November 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Tues 26 November 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Wed 27 November 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Thurs 28 November 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Fri 29 November 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Mon 2 December 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Tues 3 December 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Wed 4 December 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Thurs 5 December 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Fri 6 December 2019, 10.30am - 5pm
Sat 7 December 2019, 10.30am - 3pm
Mon 9 December 2019, 10.30am - 5pm

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